'Design' versus '_design_'?
'Design' versus '_design_'?
I'm brand new to Eng-Tips so if I've posted this in the wrong forum I apologize.
I really came for a bit of advice but first a little bit of context. You see, I'm an engineer intern (not yet licensed) at my company. I'm the only person with engineering background in my department. The idea is that eventually I'll eventually help bring the company to a point where it can do it's own engineering work.
I was working on a simple project and the managers wanted the product to be stamped by a professional. Since I'm not yet a licensed engineer this design would have to be given to a third party to be certified. The project isn't large; <20 k CAD. It's simply a mobile ladder + ramp to access tanker trucks.
On this project I was working with another gentleman. On my first iteration of preliminary calculations I found a starting point for sizing the various beams section sizes, column sizes, etc. As the project went on the design was changed and much of the projects structural components section sizes were changed as well. I was busy with other work so I didn't have time to redo all the preliminary calculations again for all sections. But from what calculations I did redo, without verification through a FEA, I could determine that many sections sizes were likely needlessly large. These sections were changed under no real basis other than, 'they'll be strong enough,' and, 'they'll hold'. I'm not a structural engineer but I do like to read in my off time and the (very) small amount that I did know told me that the way the beams were joint together wasn't optimal But it didn't matter because, 'it was strong enough.'
When I revealed my concerns I was told, 'we don't do engineering design here.'
If you're still with me, this is the result of the project so far...
-We have drawings with sections that are, in my opinion, larger than necessary.
-We have no real calculations or FEA or, what I would consider to be, formal design work.
May I please have your thoughts on what I should do or think in my position?
These are my thoughts so far:
-true, we don't do design work; and we never will if this is our attitude.
-They simply want to ask an engineer to stamp it. I am thinking, if I were the stamping engineer, 'sure let's stamp it. It's obviously over sized so it makes my job easy. It's not my problem if they're wasting material as long as it's strong.'
-If they want to engineer the product then let it be engineered. What they are doing seems very unprofessional. If they don't want it engineered professionally and don't mind the product being over sized, then don't ask for it stamped. Just don't do some weak design in between the two. Because now they're wasting other people's time.
-Let's imagine the time comes and I am able to get a license: of course I won't be able to just stamp anything they push at me. It has to be safe of course.
Any thoughts on the situation? Is this a normal occurance in the workplace?
Thank you for your time